The new Mini Cooper may be less "mini" than before, but it doesn’t cost all that much more for 2014. The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop starts at $20,745 with destination, and the turbocharged 2014 Mini Cooper S starts at $24,395. These prices represent an increase of just $250 and $300 over the 2013 models, respectively, despite a complete redesign for this retro compact hatchback.
The base 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop, which rides on a new front-wheel-drive modular platform from BMW, comes standard with a new three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a six-speed automatic costing $1250 extra. The typical Mini assortment of bright exterior colors and flashy trim is available, as are a few option packages that can drive the price up quickly.
A $1750 Premium Package bundles together a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, a premium sound system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers; a $1750 Wired Package adds navigation with traffic information and the Mini Connected infotainment system that includes an 8-inch center display screen; and the $4750 Fully Loaded Package bundles most of this equipment together along with new wheels and sport seats. There is also a $600 Cold Weather Package with heated seats and mirrors, along with a $1500 Sport Package that adds flashier wheels, sport seats, and LED headlights.
The same set of options are available on the 2014 Mini Cooper S, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Like the base model, transmissions comprise a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic.
The configurator tool for both the Cooper Hardtop and Cooper S is available now on Mini’s U.S. website. With the wide array of customization possibilities, it’s an entertaining time-waster.
The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Cooper S go on sale in March, and we are expecting four-door, convertible, and Clubman variants to follow throughout this year.